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    Giants' Martellus Bennett Aspires To Be The Best Tight End In The League

    Excerpt: "Martellus Bennett figures his home could be called the Blockbuster for game film. The Giants tight end picks up a half-dozen DVDs from the team’s video staff each week, a reel of each block and catch made by each player at his position around the league.

    Bennett prefers to watch on his couch, eating salt & vinegar chips as he learns from his peers. He studies some of the NFL’s big-bodied receivers, too, like Andre Johnson and Brandon Marshall.

    But one of the most interesting DVD sets in Bennett’s living room is from March. After signing with the Giants early in free agency, Bennett said one of the first things he did was ask for several full seasons of film of one of the most talented tight ends ever to play for the Giants: Jeremy Shockey." Read more...



    Giant Storm Headed For Texas

    Excerpt: "
    The ***-kicking that Jerry Jones promised his Cowboys would lay on the Giants has already been delivered once, and he long ago promised his team would deliver another on Sunday night.

    This time, though, it may not be so easy. This time the Giants believe they are a "much better team."

    It has been seven long weeks since the Cowboys spoiled the Giants' opening night party by beating the defending Super Bowl champions 24-17, and when the Giants looked back at that film this week they hardly recognized what they were seeing.

    "We didn't' play our best ball obviously," Justin Tuck recalled. "They skinned us pretty good. But I think we've done a whole lot better since we played that night."

    Dallas Cowboys' Legend Roger Staubach & Original Captain Comeback Sees Same Genius In Eli Manning

    Excerpt: "
    Roger Staubach will be in his usual spot Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in his suite on the 200 level of Jerry Jones’ billion-dollar palace, and from there he will have a great view of Eli Manning, the latest descendent of the legend of Captain Comeback.

    Staubach, who won two Super Bowls for the Cowboys and in his day was more popular than Tim Tebow, if you can imagine that, was known as Captain Comeback for his ability to rescue Dallas from hopeless situations.

    “To be talked about in the same conversation with Eli, I don’t know any quarterback who wouldn’t like that,” Staubach told the Daily News. “He’s a great kid and has also won some Super Bowls. He’s done a great job.”

    Staubach, a Hall of Famer, served a five-year Navy commitment before joining the Cowboys and famously once said in an interview with Phyllis George, “I enjoy sex as much as Joe Namath, only I do it with one girl. But it’s still fun.”

    He was an American sports hero. Now he’s a very successful businessman in the commercial real estate industry.

    Staubach’s skill at bringing the Cowboys from behind in the fourth quarter has been inherited over the years by Joe Montana, John Elway, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

    Now, it’s Eli Manning.

    “He’s done it not only in the regular season, but he’s done it in two Super Bowl games,” Staubach said. “He’s a great player, a clutch player. You can’t do it by yourself and you have to have your teammates believing you can get it done. Eli has been phenomenal. I pull for Eli except when he’s playing the Cowboys.” Read more...

    Sunday's Playbook - Giants @ Cowboys: Eli Manning Is Pumped For Rematch After Big Blue Came Up Short In Week 1

    Excerpt: "

    4:25 p.m.

    GIANTS by 1

    Ch. 5 (Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman)

    WFAN-660 AM ( Bob Papa , Carl Banks ), Nationwide on USA Sports (Bob Fitzgerald, John Robinson).

    Sunny, mid-60s, with 6 mph winds.


    The Cowboys ‘D’ takes a major hit with the loss LB Sean Lee (toe) for the year. RB DeMarco Murray (foot) is also sidelined but the Cowboys are hopeful Felix Jones (ankle) can make it back onto the field with Phillip Tanner being pressed into more carries. The Boys have been missing C Phil Costa (ankle) and it’s been a downgrade to Ryan Cook. DL Sean Lissemore (ankle) and S Mat Johnson (hamstring) are also very iffy. LB DeMarcus Ware has been ill but will play. The Giants have major concerns about RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s foot, which didn’t respond well this week. Andre Brown and David Wilson have been capable fill-ins. LB Jacquian Williams (knee) seems unlikely to go. C David Baas (ankle) and S Kenny Phillips (knee) are iffy." Read more...

    Giants' Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka Says His Team "Isn't Getting The Props It Should", As Dallas Cowboys Are Still Knows As "America's Team"

    Excerpt: "
    They’ve won two of the last five Super Bowls, and they upended an undefeated team in one of them. They have a rabid fan base and look like strong contenders to repeat as champs.

    You could make a case that they are more fit than the rival Cowboys to carry that famed moniker of “America’s Team.” And yet, as Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka points out, Big Blue still isn’t viewed with that universal reverence.

    Kiwanuka says his team, 5-2 and seemingly set to take control of the NFC East heading into Sunday’s showdown in Dallas, isn’t getting the props it should.

    “I don’t think so,” Kiwanuka said Friday, when asked if the Giants were finally starting to gain the national recognition they deserve. “Every year, I mean, we have to prove ourselves. But that’s part of the situation we’re in, that’s part of the city we’re in.

    “We’ll look back on it historically, and we’ll be looked at in a much better light,” he added. “Historically, we’ll be remembered.”

    To hear the Giants talk about it, history is all the Cowboys have these days. Jerry Jones’s bluster still comes from those three Super Bowl titles won in the 1990s.

    They’ve made just four playoff appearances since 2000, earning just one playoff win." Read more...



    Big Blue Eyes Payback Today in Big D

    Excerpt: "Of course, the game lives on and can be viewed and reviewed whenever the Giants want to take stroll down bad memory lane. Of course, the Giants studied all that went wrong in their season-opening 24-17 loss to the Cowboys. Of course, they have seen enough.

    “I don’t need the film to remember … it just wasn’t a good game,’’ safety Antrel Rolle said. “I think the first half we came out pretty good and the second half, we just stunk up the whole entire second half. So we definitely need to change as a defensive unit, and we will.’’

    The Giants believe they will show how much they have changed when they hit the field at Cowboys Stadium today for a rematch they eagerly have been anticipating. They are healthier, riding a three-game winning streak, can put the Cowboys in their rear-view mirror and take a measure of control of the NFC East at the midpoint of the season.

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in June implored season ticket holders to attend this game to watch his team “beat the Giants’ asses.’’ That triggered some smiles and mild comeback remarks, but you can bet that promise will be ringing in the ears of the Giants.

    “This is the point in the season where you got to grind,’’ linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said. “You got to start amassing those wins so at the end of the year, we know it might come down to a win or a loss here, we want to make sure we’re on the upside of that.’’

    A look inside the game:"

    Web Wants Gem

    Excerpt: "Cornerback Corey Webster did not have his best game in the season opener, getting beat by Kevin Ogletree for a touchdown in the Giants’ 24-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 5. Heading into today’s rematch, Webster promises he and his teammates won’t play the Dallas receivers the same way they did the first time around.

    “We were doing a lot of bailing, a lot of running off,’’ Webster said. “We weren’t aggressive. We weren’t putting our hands on them. I didn’t do it myself, but as a team, we were kind of passive, just kind of letting them dictate what they wanted to do to us, and that’s not how we’ve been successful around here.

    “We’ve changed things, we’re pressing a little bit more now, and I think that’s helping.’’

    Webster always prefers to play aggressive press coverage, but that is not always part of the scheme designed by defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

    “They have some freedoms, whether to do it or to not do it,’’ Fewell said. “I think they felt more comfortable in doing that, pressing, and sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s not so good. We’ve tried to encourage them to do a little bit more of that.’’

    Webster doesn’t need any encouraging."

    Time For Old Fashioned Butt Kicking

    Excerpt: "hen you are the defending Super Bowl champions, you do not care who you play, when you play them, where you play them. And you do not let the Cowboys sweep you. And since talk is cheap and it is time to play the game, you need to remember what Jerry Jones said at a training camp fan event:

    “Y’all should come to Cowboys Stadium and watch us beat the Giants’ asses.”

    Butt-kicking Sunday has arrived.

    So for Eli Manning and the Giants, this is not a game for posterity. It is a game for posterior.

    It’s a chance to charge so far to the head of the division that the Cowboys are threatening to bring up the rear.Jones is a colorful owner, a likeable man, and our condolences go out to him for losing his mother this week. It would be touching if his team could win this one for him and hand him the game ball at the end.

    Except when you are defending the Lombardi Trophy, there is no time for compassion.

    When you are attempting to repeat, and stamp yourself as a dynasty, you show no mercy for those 60 minutes or beyond, especially when you know the enemy has lost Sean Lee on defense and DeMarco Murray on offense.

    “I don’t think you ever show mercy on a divisional opponent,” Mathias Kiwanuka said. “Until you’re in that victory formation, there’s no mercy being given.” Read more...



    Giants' Matchup: Dallas Cowboys

    Excerpt: "What’s at stake

    Giants: The Giants are in a good spot atop the NFC East, but they can’t afford to lose this one. Another defeat to the Cowboys and a win by the Eagles over undefeated Atlanta would leave Big Blue just a half-game up, and all three would be tied in the loss column. Combine that with the fact that the Cowboys would hold a tiebreaker over the reigning Super Bowl champs by virtue of the regular-season sweep and the Eagles already have beaten the Giants once, and this carries even more importance than the past two games.

    Cowboys: The Cowboys have played just one divisional game, beating the Giants on opening night. They’ve also had their bye. A win would mean a series sweep of the Giants, their first since 2007, and put Dallas right back into serious contention for the divisional title.

    Key matchup

    Giants CB Jayron Hosley vs. Cowboys WR Miles Austin: The rookie Hosley has been a key cog in the Giants’ emerging secondary. His primary responsibility will be the slot, where Austin often resides. The Garfield native burned the Giants for a big, fourth-quarter touchdown in Week 1 and is coming off his best game of the season (five catches, 97 yards, TD versus Carolina). Hosley compared Austin’s ability to that of Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson, who gave the Giants problems in Week 2." Read more...

    Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul Returns To Arlington, Texas, Site Of His Break-Out Game vs. Cowboys

    Excerpt: "Jason Pierre-Paul appeared completely confused.

    The football was snapped and the rest of the Giants’ three-man defensive front – Justin Tuck and Chris Canty – engaged with its offensive counterparts, while Pierre-Paul remained in his three-point stance for a second or two longer.

    The Cowboys were driving in the final minute of last season’s game here and Tony Romo flipped a pass out to the left flat, where Felix Jones ran onto it and quickly turned the corner with nothing but open field in front of him.

    Well, nothing but Pierre-Paul and nearly 10 yards of space on either side of him.

    That’s when Pierre-Paul – having now dropped back 5 yards off the line of scrimmage – was able to gather himself,
    close in a hurry and deck Jones, driving him out of bounds just as the speedy running back started to get going.

    Two plays later, Pierre-Paul stunned the Cowboys when he blocked Dan Bailey’s potential game-tying, last-second field goal attempt from 47 yards out, preserving the Giants’ 37-34 victory.

    And while most recall that moment as the one that punctuated Pierre-Paul’s breakout performance, his remarkable tackle of Jones is what teammates still marvel at most." Read more...



    Matchup: Giants (5-2) @ Cowboys (3-3)

    "4:25 p.m. Eastern, Fox

    MATCHUP to watch

    Eli Manning vs. Tony Romo

    This is not a head-to-head matchup on the field, but it seems as if these rivalry games always hinge on the quarterbacks’ production. Romo was better in Week 1, throwing for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns while Manning mustered 213 yards and a touchdown, and the Cowboys won, 24-17.

    NUMBER to watch


    That is the number of times the Cowboys sacked Manning in their first meeting; two of the sacks were by linebacker DeMarcus Ware. In the six games since, the Giants have allowed only two other sacks of Manning.

    QUOTATION of the week

    ‘I don’t circle any games on my calendar; they’re all the same. I don’t have a calendar, actually.’

    Giants tight end MARTELLUS BENNETT on facing the Cowboys, for whom he played from 2008 to 2011. "





    GIANTS 101

    Giants' David Wilson Hopes Second Time Playing Dallas Ends Differently

    Excerpt: "It was against the Dallas Cowboys in week one that New York Giants running back David Wilson made the one mistake that a rookie can't make, especially playing for Tom Coughlin. He fumbled the ball in the red zone, costing the Giants crucial points. Since that incident, Wilson hasn't seen the field much at the running back position until recently. One of Coughlin's biggest pet peeves is fumbling the ball, and if you're guilty of doing so, you may end up in the dog house, which Wilson discovered. But Wilson isn't seeking any redemption against Dallas, just a win.
    “I just hope we win,” Wilson said. “That’s the main thing. We lost the last time we played.

    Tomorrow's game is a chance to show Dallas what he could have done if he didn't fumble early in the game, but Wilson insists he's not focused on that. He said he's unsure whether the fumble in the first game has affected his playing time at all this season, but he admits it's a possibility.
    “Maybe,” Wilson said. “Only the coaches know that.”

    Giants vs. Cowboys: Week * Game Preview

    Excerpt: "At 5-2 and playing their best football of the season, the New York Giants go into Dallas to try and even the season series with the Dallas Cowboys and strengthen their grip on the NFC East this afternoon. Dallas is 3-3 and in need of another big win in the division to get their season back on track in the tough NFC.

    The NFC East is certainly still up in the air, particularly with the Giants having lost to Dallas in week one, but a win in this game would put New York well out in front in the division going into the second half of the season. Another big game with big playoff implications between New York and Dallas. What's new right?


    Run the football early, test Dallas front seven without Lee
    Without one of the Cowboys' best run stoppers in the front seven, New York will have the opportunity to force other players to step up and make plays against their physical running backs. This not only presents an opportunity for chunks of yardage on the ground, but also could take some of the wind out of the Cowboys pass rush led by DeMarcus Ware. Ahmad Bradshaw andAndre Brown should get several between the tackle touches early in this game to put that front seven on the spot early. If the break a couple of big runs, it could throw the Dallas defensive gameplan into disarray a bit because you know Rob Ryan will be looking to play aggressively in order to get pressure on Manning." Read more...

    Cowboys' Stadium Has Become A Home Away From Home For Giants

    Excerpt: "Since the grand opening of Jerry Jones’ new home for his Dallas Cowboys, the New YorkFootball Giants have become not only quite acclimated, but very comfortable there. On the stadium’s debut September 20, 2009, in front of a record crowd (105,121) on Sunday Night Football, the Giants officially broke ground on their “second stadium.” Since, Big Blue is undefeated there at 3-0.

    QB Eli Manning was 25 of 38 for 330 yards with two touchdowns that night, but his comments were a bit of foreshadowing for things to come for the Giants at Cowboys Stadium.
    “The whole team did a good job of gutting it out,” Manning said. “This is a good thing to build from.”
    These team-like words also came along with the news (and picture proof) that after the 33-31 win, Manning signed the wall of the visitor's locker room with the message "First win in the New Stadium." Seems a bit prophetic, huh?" Read more...



    NY Giants: Where The Scouts Are October 27, 2012

    Excerpt: "The work for Jerry Reese and his team never ends. While Tom Coughlin and the players are getting ready to play a game tomorrow, the scouting team is out watching potential future New York Giants live in person. Chris Steuber ( @ChrisSteuber) is able to let us know which games the Giants scouts plan on attending today.

    This list might not be all inclusive because I think Steuber probably only has a grip on a handful of each team's scouts, which is more than I have though, so I appreciate the hard work. Nevertheless here is where we know the Giants are this weekend.

    Game 1:

    Game 1 was actually last night's contest between Louisville and Cincinnati. A game I did not watch, so I'm no help to anyone here today.Game 2:
    Duke @ Florida State

    This is at least the second time the Giants have attended a Florida State game in person, to which I say: great! After spending a majority of the high draft picks on offense last year and considering that most of the aging players and or bad contracts are on defense (or offensive line) I expect the Giants to go defense early in the draft. Florida State has a few elite defensive players. I'll highlight three." Read more...



















    Cruz, Smith Buddies Since AAU Days

    Excerpt: "The date was Feb. 5, 2012, the evening of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, when breakout star Victor Cruz scored a touchdown to help the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots.

    Twelve days later, it was J.R. Smith's turn to capture the attention of the sports world. He took to Twitter, saying, "New York Knicks It Is!" After signing a one-year contract, without even a practice under his belt, he scored 15 points in his Knicks debut.

    New Yorkers had two new players to cheer for, a wide receiver and a shooting guard who had been friends for years.

    "It was crazy that he was in New York and we're both playing for New York teams. It was a great feeling," Cruz said. "Once my offseason kicked in and he was in season, we kicked it a lot in his free time."

    From 2002-04, Cruz and Smith starred on the same legendary AAU hoops team, The Playaz Basketball Club. Cruz attended Paterson (N.J.) Catholic High School and Smith was at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, but they teamed up on Playaz, competing in top tournaments against future NBA players like Kendrick Perkins and Sebastian Telfair." Read more...













    3TFO: Giants @ Cowboys, Week 8

    Excerpt: "The first NFC East rematch of the year finds the New York Giants traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. After sweeping their division rivals in the last month of the 2011 season, the Cowboys were again able to upset the reigning Super Bowl Champions on opening night seven weeks ago.

    The Cowboys own a 3-3 record and have not played another divisional opponent yet. They, like many teams around the league, have suffered some devastating injuries (including stud linebacker Sean Lee). There’s also been problems that have plagued Dallas before this season, including clock management issues that helped them walk out of Baltimore with a lose despite rushing for over 225 yards.

    The Giants are much better off, with a 5-2 record, but those two losses came against the Cowboys and another divisional rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. They were able to finally win an NFC East game last week at home versus the RG3-led Washington Redskins, but they needed a 77-yard TD pass — where two DBs inexplicably let Victor Cruz run by them untouched — to secure that victory.

    Both defenses usually suffer when Eli Manning and Tony Romo faceoff. Thus, expect an entertaining and high-scoring affair this Sunday." Read more...





    Hurricane Sandy Could Throw Wrench Into Team Travel, Practice, Trades

    Excerpt: "Though it’s not believed that Hurricane Sandy will disrupt Sunday’s NFL games in Philly and New Jersey, things could quickly get very interesting after the day’s games end.

    The Giants, for example, will be trying to fly into the mess from Dallas on Sunday night, after finishing a game that kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Patriots could be stuck in London for a large chunk of their bye week, after wrapping up their game against the Rams." Read more...
    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 10-28-2012, 11:19 AM.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    I'm hoping Bennett has a big day today... Thanks Roanoke!


    • #3
      Originally posted by Captain Chaos View Post
      I'm hoping Bennett has a big day today... Thanks Roanoke!
      I think he, along with Hixon, are going to if they have to double Nicks and/or Cruz
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        It's time to separate the men from the boys ! GO GIANTS !
        Thanks RF !
        " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


        • #5
          Originally posted by G-Men Surg. View Post
          It's time to separate the men from the boys ! GO GIANTS ! Thanks RF !
          Time to put the rest of the Division in the rearview mirror
          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


          • #6
            This will be another tough game to watch. Giants will still come out alright. Need a total team effort-they know how to do it.

            Thanks for the news.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
              This will be another tough game to watch. Giants will still come out alright. Need a total team effort-they know how to do it.

              Thanks for the news.
              Remember, every game is an adventure!
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


              • #8
                Thanks bro.

                “Basically just stay with your man,” cornerback Janoris Jenkins said. “Follow him everywhere you go. Even if he goes to the bathroom, follow him.”


                • #9
                  thanks much Roanoke!

                  its time the G-Men get some separation in this division! today is an excellent opportunity!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BeatYale View Post
                    Thanks bro.
                    You're welcome
                    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BigBlue1971 View Post
                      thanks much Roanoke!

                      its time the G-Men get some separation in this division! today is an excellent opportunity!
                      This is where we need to play smart, aggressive football
                      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                      • #12
                        We need good D today and we need Victor to salsa his little butt all over Cowboys Stadium! Ahmad needs to barrel through their O-Line like a mack truck and I would love to see Antrelle and Chase get some INT's or at least a couple forced fumbles!


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by club425 View Post
                          We need good D today and we need Victor to salsa his little butt all over Cowboys Stadium! Ahmad needs to barrel through their O-Line like a mack truck and I would love to see Antrelle and Chase get some INT's or at least a couple forced fumbles!
                          I look for a big game from Bennett
                          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1